Hey Gabey Baby. This song is for you. I love you. And remeber - Keep it Gangster. HEHE
To all my long lost friends and family....I've missed you! Between having my camera break, Gabe helping to start the brand new football league in our town, football, football, football, about 25 family visits, football, school, football, primary, babysitting, and yet more football, I fell out of the world of blogging and have truly missed it. I now see I even have some cousins that finally have blogs who thought they could never blog and they are awesome....and current. Sorry. I will be on the ball and up to date especially now that my nights are a little more free while my children are sleeping. I can finally get caught up on blogging and scrapbooking (not that these could ever replace you Gabe!). They are just to occupy me in between packing. If you haven't heard yet, we are moving once again. Not just houses but states. It happened very fast and unexpected as usual but it is back to Arizona where all of our family is. Not too bad? We'll see......JK mom n dad. We love you all and have missed you but it is always hard to leave friends who have become family. We learned that from our long lost Texan family and it is just never the same when you move. We have truly fell in love with the mountains and the unlimited amount of outdoor activities to do. Activities that we now realize we did not take advantage of often enough. We thought we had plenty of time.... years. It has been fun and our kids have been able to be exposed to so many different things. Both here and in Texas. It will be nice however, to have them really become close with their grandmas and grandpas and get to know all their cousins that seem to be multiplying by the minute. Sad news? Good news? A little of both. All I know is that I need a lot of girls night out! Who's in?
The kids were so excited to get to pick out their pumpkins and carve them this year. They sure picked them out and we sure carved them. I think it may still be a year or two before they can really control a knife well enough. They picked out the designs and poked the patterns on and I think they turned out great! I love the fall and all of the fun that comes with it!
Man, Ranger is just minding his own business, trying to push around his blankie and he can't keep the girls off of him! I wouldn't object to cute little Capri though.
We took the boys to the Pumkin Festival at Thanksgiving Point. We went the first year we moved here so it was fun to get to go once more before we move. The boys even attempted to go through the haunted creature with Gabe. I say attempted because they had to bail out a little early with Ryder in tears. My little chicken tender. The funny thing was that Redden was the inital scared one and after 10 min. of Ryder teasing him he decided to go. Let's just say that Ryder got his. We enjoyed pig races, cow train rides, slides (the others more than Ranger and I), swings, corn blasting, bull riding, go carts, the jumping pillow, and last but not least....the beautiful pumpkin princess. Their cousin Emma will be so jealous.
After Yellowstone we headed down to Jackson Hole Wyoming and saw what a beautiful place that was. It would be awesome to go back to skii/snowboard. The kids liked the antler park but really there wasn't much else to do there for them by the time we arrived. We hit DQ and headed over to the resort. We got up the next morning and drove over to Rexburg, Idaho so that we could go to Bear World for Ranger's birthday. It was so cool. Especially because it was the last day they were open for the season so everything was 1/2 price. By far the kids favorite part of the trip. We got to ride around the park in our own truck and then parked and rode in their vehicle and were able to feed the bears. The bears know which vehicle is the feeding one and they all come running. We then spent well over and hour in the petting zoo and the kids and I couldn't get over how neat it was to cuddle and hug the deer. Ranger got quite a few kisses from several animals and was in heaven running from one to the next. I got to see and pet a moose which is what I wanted to see all trip so we were all happy!
Here are some photos finally! Yeah! We had a lot of fun on our road trip to Yellowstone and the boys were troopers. It was a lot of driving though because once we got there we drove, and drove, and drove some more to see the beautiful landscapes and annoy as many people as we possibly could with Gabe's selection of elk calls. Ranger caught on quick by watching the older boys do it. He began blowing in his and would laugh hysterically at what he could do! It was funny and cute for about 5 min. of listening to it and then the elk call had to go bye bye. Being October, all we mainly saw was Buffalo and Elk. We did see a lot of them and it was fun to get so close and the boys loved it when we could get them to bugle back to us. One night we were heading back towards the hotel and it was dark. We spotted some cow elk on the left hand side of the road so we pulled off to the right and put the spotlight on them. Gabe got out and began working his magic with his bugle and all of the sudden he hears something coming up behind him and tells me to hurry and shine the light that way. There was the bull elk... 10 yards from our truck. The boys were so excited when the elk bugled back at us. Then he got a little too close for Ryder and he began saying, "roll my window up! roll my window up!" The elk crossed the road behind us almost rubbing up against the truck. Definitely way cooler to see it up close in real life then on one of the thousand dvds we own! Yellowstone was beautiful with all of the trees, rivers, lakes, animals, and geysers. Very grateful that we were able to go and would love to go again someday and camp in the summertime.
Gabe and Ranger in front of Old Faithful. It must be the sulfer in the air that is causing those faces!
Ryder spotted this buffalo and had to have his picture in front of it. He loves horses!
Ranger loves to give kisses to any animal. Apparently they can even be made of cold steel!
And that's all folks!